Creativity

When I went on a script writing weekend… lessons learned

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Last weekend I spent three days at Whalley Abbey in Blackburn, Lancashire with Scriptwriting North. Fourteen of us arrived fresh for writing, table reads and some lovely food. But what we got was much, much more. We started with a workshop in character, which was very useful, particularly when it got practical. I mapped out […]

Gestation

How do you know what to write about? Storytelling and listening

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Continuing the ‘questions about writing’ series, probably the most popular query is ‘where do you get your ideas from?’ While I love writing novels and short stories, I’m also an academic writer, and I write articles for journals and on line health publications as well as day to day in my job in safety. Writing […]

Creativity

Feeling like an author

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Lots of writers and authors report that they don’t ‘feel’ like ‘proper’ writers and authors. Almost every author I have met has told me that they measure their success by their next project, and only then will they feel more like the real deal. I enjoy the creative process very much, and several novels in, […]

Creativity

To self-publish, or not to self-publish? That is the question.

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Publishing options for authors of fiction have changed. It is no longer essential to have an agent and a publisher, because various companies such as Amazon and Smashwords are facilitating authors in their quest to publish a book. However, agents and publishers exist to turn our novels into commercial products and, without them, can this be achieved? […]